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The club meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 7pm in Yountville. See the Meetings page for how to find us, agendas, and late-breaking announcements.
We also have a weekly update and roll call by radio, using VHF repeaters (W6BYS) that provide coverage over most of the County. Visitors to the net are always welcome to listen and check in. Find us at 146.82 MHz (PL 100) on Sugarloaf near Napa (south), or at another W6BYS repeater 146.82 MHz (PL 151.4) on Mt St Helena (north). There is more information, with notices of any changes, on the Repeaters page.
Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. Use our Contact Us page to send an email to one of our officers. (If you are having any difficulty with the Contact Us page, you may send a private email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).
View our Posts page to see information of possible interest to our members.
Napa County has some challenging geography for communications: a valley roughly 40 miles long, with one north-south mountain range on the west and two in the east, and northbound access challenged by Mount St Helena. The mountainous areas are forested, and our Mediterranean climate guarantees periodic risks of fire, flood, road-block, and power loss.
Amateur radio in its many forms has the diversity and independence to continue forwarding messages despite serious disruptions that can swamp or eliminate our everyday communications.
SARS was founded in Napa County in 1962. Its members come from all walks of life and share one common interest: maintaining the capability of amateur radio to enhance our community’s quality of life and security. We want to involve and educate our neighbors so they can join in helping this capability grow and become even more extensive. Our members purchase and maintain their own equipment, and most can operate “off the grid” whenever necessary, using a variety of forms of radio communication. Even in good times, members keep ready by pitching in with communications for county-wide charity events that involve cellphone-dead areas.
Ham radio is a fascinating hobby, with serious potential for doing public good. Come to a club meeting and check it out. Better still, consider becoming a member! You won’t believe how easy that is to do. No license is needed. (But we can help you get one if you so decide).